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  1. 7 points
    I think as long as those that go completely over the top are wound in it's healthy to debate some controversial issues. Too much of society is getting sanitised these days that people are frightened to vent their opinions in public and sadly the same people at times are in a position to influence younger family members. I don't mind someone coming on here and stating facts or being educated by facts, just last week when on a great tour around some islands my friend got talking to an American couple. You can safely say they were from a certain political bias and were practically spitting venom and quoting straight from the general media. I asked if they had actually listened to the whole live interviews or just cut and pastes made by their station of choice. True to form they'd only watched the cut and paste ( or stitch ups). Fortunately I had internet so showed them additional footage. I'm not from any one political side as I prefer the truth and I'm aware both sides can manipulate words but unless I've done my research I tend to wind my neck in. That's the good thing about this forum. There's enough intelligent adults about to wind the idiots in or at least to re-educate them. Keep up the good work.
  2. 6 points
    I think the forum is fine. Good mix of old timers and some new ones to ask the questions. There are enough ppl that there is representation from several different idologies about everything. I have seen that the mods and even that JGF person seem to stay on top of problems and shutdown silly stuff, and even through out trouble causers. I like to see the answers and ideas of the old timers as well as the new, it makes it real. I am not quite retired yet. But looking forward to it. If you just want only old-timers or only that currently live in the Philippines or that have lived there for a certain amount of time that all have the same ideas it could be easily screened at the time of account creation with a few questions. Being in and from the US I can attest to the fact that the political issues are completely over the top and in everyone face all the time. I can still remember times from being a kid where everyone sat with respect when the leader would speak. Jack, you seem (from your writing) to be a good family man, with nothing not to like. I can see you dedicate a huge amount of time to this forum. I don't think everyone else in every other place is in the same good position, albeit you have likely earned it. I only read about 1 in 30 of the threads based on available time. This one really caught my attention. I can respectfully disagree with anyone, or are we looking to have everyone agree ? Best Regards,
  3. 5 points
    I find that filipinas cannot resist "free" stuff. No matter what it is and no matter what it costs, if it is free then they will find a use for it. I am suggesting that you put a cosplay outfit under the Christmas tree for her. Once she has it, she won't want to waste it
  4. 5 points
    Did you forget your mighty hammer Dan?
  5. 4 points
    After nearly twenty years of married bliss today my wife said "No'. Without sharing too much information she has always been very accommodating. This morning while shopping at an outlet mall we came across an Anime shop. Of the many items were some Cosplay girls costumes. Anyway that's not gonna go down. I guess so Filipinas do have their limits, is that what you guys find?
  6. 4 points
    Ahh yes, but then they shoot the messenger.
  7. 3 points
    Hearing about it and getting angry about it are 2 different things.When somebody writes on here and gets angry over something in their old country,which they can do nothing about,and gets angry with other members then it is time to pull them up. I am of the same opinion as you in that when I hear how bad parts of the UK are becoming I am more than happy to be here.
  8. 3 points
    OK Kevin, it's that time of the month so I took my valium, vicodin, oxicondin and morphine to calm my PMS induced hyper-tension. I'm good to go now........reffestively Jak-Jak
  9. 3 points
    I tend to stick with Agoda, AirBnB and in a pinch Booking.com. Never had any issues with them. I only ever use Booking.com if I can't find somewhere to stay on Agoda. Those two sites, whilst having a lot of common properties, do actually also have places that aren't listed on both. I tend to only use AirBnB if I'm going to stay a week or more somewhere. I've never had any issues with Agoda at all. I've even found that they tend to be cheaper than booking direct with the motel in some cases. Blue Palawan in Puerto Princessa was 800php a night cheaper through Agoda than direct when we wanted to stay an extra couple of nights. So after inquiring at reception, went to our room and booked it through Agoda, not a problem. I shy away from Booking.com mainly due to some venues asking for a security deposit set at about 80%. They debit this immediately and rather than you just paying the balance on arrival, or in entirety when you book, you have to pay the full amount on check-in and then wait up to 10 days for the refund of your deposit, despite everything being paid for with a credit card. AirBnB I love. Had to cancel a trip to Baguio recently and despite the owner/manager having a "strict" refund policy she refunded the entire week's accommodation cost with only 2 days notice of the cancellation. I still copped the Airbnb admin fee that was paid upon initial booking but that's to be expected.
  10. 2 points
    They don't do Christmas like we do, they follow the true way (To them in their faith) the 3 Kings of January 6th is the true Christmas to oh so many here, as it is in Spain Gifts are not really in the budget of many but I have always found small token Gifts are well received. Unlike we would maybe not like. We find that a little envelope with a couple of hundred pesos in (well we give 500) to all our Staff is very well pleasing to them ( the Live in Girls) get a bonus from "A" as well any Live out guys & gals are always fed well around this time. Azon and I don't do the Gift thing as we tend to spoil each other most of time anyway Each to our own but always remember, if you over spoil them this year watyer goin to do next year Oh nearly forgot, plenty of bags of candy and soaps etc for the callers on Christmas day (And they will come to the gate) we split Rice into 1 kilo bags as handouts, "A" gets lots of goodies (Candy) from the Traders and we bag them like a party Bag. Ours start about 6.30am and it can go on till 3 or 4 pm the afternoon, Mate you can count on at least 30 callers to you gate
  11. 2 points
    I agree but here in the PI we have to be so very careful in what we (the Foreigner) have to say and most certainly how it is said. Venting in Public (and we know that these Forums are read by those that need to) is getting to be somewhat controversial itself. Social media is not Private and of Late I have heard of 2 more people that I have met have been served with summonses based on the Anti - Cyber Laws here, Both are Foreigners and complained badly/wrongly about Globe Communications. It is what it is so why make ourselves our own worst enemy.
  12. 2 points
    My Friend, Thank you for this observation and the comment, When the time is right and I have sorted out the wheat from the chaff on some issues I will tell people ( those that don't really know me that is) why I dedicate time and effort on behalf of all members here and it may bring to light why I opened the Topic but that is for another day
  13. 2 points
    No way am i ever going to say this , what I am saying is there are ways and ways of disagreeing, many times i have said as others have it is not what we say but the way we say it Jack Morning All
  14. 2 points
    Board seems fine and friendly to me.
  15. 2 points
    Personally I would go for something like a small Honda. We have an eu10i which is a superb piece of kit. Extremely quite and economical. Around 7 hours on a tank of just over 2 litres of petrol. The invertor is pure sine wave so it will run anything up to its rated output. (900 watts) The cheap ones you get in the likes of Citi hardware are not very economical, very noisy and use a modified sine wave. Some types of equipment, such as fans with timers, don't like modified waveform. Like most things in life, you get what you pay for. Ken
  16. 2 points
    From what he said 10 years ago an application 'without grease' would have rotted on the bottom of the pile. Then a new BI boss came in and swatted fixers away from the program and reduced the number of BI officers with authority to issue quota visas down to two. Another hurdle people who are interested will run into is the investment criteria. Similar to the standard SRRV you need to show a US$50,000 investment in the Philippines, unlike the SRRV, once you have shown $50,000 in the Philippines and you have your visa there is no requirements on the money or where it is. You do not have to maintain it in a specific account nor are you limited in how you can use it. Once you have received the visa you have a 5 year I-card and an annual p360 renewal.
  17. 2 points
    I don't mind the "cons" of any given situation, that's just being honest and I can't see this forum being anything close to some others out there in the amount of crap that goes on. I've been a member here for about 5 years now I think and yes, I've seen it evolve, but that's just the nature of all things. I do agree with you on those that do post negatively constantly with regards to The Philippines banging on a little too much occasionally but perhaps this is their only outlet, as annoying as it is for the rest of us sometimes. I take such posts with a grain of salt and as much as I they annoy me as well they do sometimes point out some pitfalls that I certainly hadn't thought of as a non-resident there. having said that I do tend to skip over the repeat offenders' posts. But if they genuinely don't like it in PI, as you say, they should probably just go. I don't want "rose coloured glasses" but neither do I want to continually whinged at either. Given your blog comment Jack, I'll refrain from posting my latest trip report
  18. 1 point
    Ok, he got his quota visa on his own 4 years ago. Total cost was p21,000 including application fee and i-card fee. Downloaded application from bi website, 2 months wait to schedule interview appointment, interview was in 2 days, 4 month wait for final approval. Hardest issue was bringing certified life 'CV/resume' outline with him to interview. He typed it up the day before the interview.
  19. 1 point
    I do find that to be changing. Example: Search Metro Park Hotel in Mandaue on Agoda. When I did so it clearly stated that you can book it through Agoda but it is a Booking dot com listing. It also clearly stated that Agoda's "tax and service charge policy" applied. Now go to the Internet and find the Hotel. It will tell you what they charge: 999 a night all in but its first come first served. This may have changed since yesterday when I did my search. These sites have their usefulness but they have priced themselves out of the "cheap" market and into the "convenience" market. They know we have become trained to believe we need a reservation and we pay "taxes and service charges" for that privilege. Not all the time, but often enough that it pays to keep your wits about you.
  20. 1 point
    So how do they treat that? And is you shoulder better now?
  21. 1 point
    According to the new Blood test, the Doctor tells me I have higher amount of Uric Acid in my blood than normal, so it looks like I may have Gout in the Shoulder Geeeeeeeeeeeeeze is there no end to this.
  22. 1 point
    Yes but that is Steroid injections, I just can't have any steroids (Cortisone) dues to my Blood thinners and Anti Clog medication but thank you for the thought
  23. 1 point
    Just trying to put a little humour in your day.
  24. 1 point
    Tried it, yes slept like a log and woke up in the Fireplace, Now I got a Stinking headache! back to the Drawing Board methinks Jack Morning All
  25. 1 point
    Agree. I know that I cannot intervene in a situation like that because of physical limitations. As The Man With No Name said in one of those Spaghetti Westerns, "A man has got to know his limitations."
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